Substitute Teacher Among 3 Charged with Child Porn

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CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Three men are indicted for charges related to child pornography.

Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Bill Mason said the men are accused of downloading, trading and sharing child porn.

"We all know that there is great e-commerce that comes from the internet, but there's also a dark side with these predators that are online trying to get to our children," said Mason.

According to the indictment, Jason Cardillo, 30, of Parma, is charged with 42 counts. Investigators seized 45 CDs/DVDs from his home, six memory cards, an 8GB flash drive, a digital camera and an HP laptop.

David Kerekes, 54, of Parma, was charged in a 140-count indictment. On February 24, 2012, a search warrant was executed at his home. Members of the ICAC Task Force (Internet Crimes Against Children) seized over 40 child pornographic videos.

Edward Marton, 25, of Independence, was also charged with 68 counts of pandering sexually oriented material involving a minor. Task force members removed nine CDs containing child pornography which were locked inside a safe at his house.

"Edward Marton is a substitute in Garfield Heights, North Royalton and Parma City Schools," said Mason.

Parma City Schools Superintendent Jeff Graham on Wednesday released the following statement (in part) about Marton's arrest.

"I want to assure our parents, teachers, students, staff and residents that these allegations were about conduct that was NOT at our schools and did NOT involve our students in any way. According to the prosecutor’s office, none of the children involved are from this area.  We are all sickened and saddened by the alleged acts of this individual. Safety of our children is our utmost priority, and we take that responsibility very seriously.  Again, I want to assure you that our children are safe. Our substitute staffing provider conducts thorough background checks before hiring substitute teachers, and this individual had NO prior record.  As soon as the allegations were brought to light, Mr. Marton was no longer permitted to serve as a substitute within the district."

Prosecutor Mason created the Northeast Ohio ICAC Task Force in 2000 to combat the rise of internet crimes against children. In 2003, he was named as the state-wide Task Force chairman.

All three men are scheduled to be arraigned at the Justice Center on April 25.

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. Staff at the Prosecutor's Office wore blue Wednesday in recognition of the work being done to stop child abuse.

Mason says that there is an available DVD program called Computer Cop. It is free to parents and grandparents. It records any inappropriate conversations that someone might be trying to have with your child.

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